Improv comedy meets Game of Thrones in Throne and Games!

Throne And Games - Group Photo

Throne and Games. Photo courtesy Fictionals Comedy Co.

With its British accents, fire-breathing CGI dragons, moody stares and leather-and-studs fashion, HBO’s Game of Thrones is ripe for parody.

A Vancouver comedy troupe has taken up the challenge. The Fictionals Comedy Co. have already performed two Throne and Games, their improvisational riff on the show and series of books; next week, on June 5, the company will present the third and final instalment of Throne and Games. So what can audiences expect?

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Improv comedy meets Game of Thrones in Throne and Games!

Ready, set, go – The Amazing Improv Race begins!

Amazing Improv Race

Amazing Improv Race. Photo courtesy Vancouver TheatreSports League.

We all – well, most of us – have our reality-TV (guilty) pleasures. For this writer, it is the humiliation extravaganza MasterChef, in which home cooks are debased and verbally water-boarded by the giant-size egos of millionaire food moguls Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. (On a recent episode, one of the home cooks had to make something using a catfish, and Elliot – he of the white-framed glasses and punchable kisser – said “Meow” in a way this blogger hopes never to hear again).

Well, the talented crew at Vancouver TheatreSports aren’t taking on MasterChef. But they are spoofing another reality-TV series that is ripe for satire: The Amazing Race. Continue reading:
Ready, set, go – The Amazing Improv Race begins!

5 things worth knowing about the Vancouver International Improv Festival Oct. 29- Nov 3

Outside Joke from Winnipeg will perform at theVancouver International Improv Festival

Don’t think.
That’s one of the most important rules when it comes improv, the art of unscripted performance. Some popular examples of this would be the TV show Whose Line is it Anyways? and Christopher Guest’s Best In Show (which was shot right here in Vancouver). Locally, there certainly isn’t a lack of it, from daily performances at TheatreSports to the weekly (and super popular) Sunday Service. As of next week, there will be a lot more than usual in our city, as the Vancouver International Improv Festival hits town. I asked the event’s director, Alistair Cook, to tell me six things worth knowing about this year’s festival. He didn’t have to think too hard.

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5 things worth knowing about the Vancouver International Improv Festival Oct. 29- Nov 3

Huzzah for Kooza!

Cirque du Soleil returns to its clowning roots with Kooza (Photo: OSA Images)

To Kooza or not to Kooza? That is the question.

In a Vancouver summer vibrant with family-friendly arts offerings–The Lion King, Theatre Under the Stars, Bard on the Beach, and The Improv Musical to name just a few–it’s tough to choose where to invest your entertainment dollars.

In a perfect world, theatre tickets would be cheap like borscht and we would merrily feast on everything that was served up. But reality is otherwise–it can cost several hundred dollars for a family-night-out these days–and we find ourselves wondering: but will it be worth it?

Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza is definitely worth it.

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Huzzah for Kooza!